Editor’s Note: In exactly one month, the Kansas State football team will face Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. With that in mind, I will attempt to count down to the big game in Cowboys Stadium with 31 blog posts in 31 days. I use the word “attempt” because I can only currently think of about 20 blog ideas. But there is plenty to cover. K-State, Arkansas, fans, past bowl games, the world’s largest Jumbo Tron, Dallas food suggestions … I’m confident that I can go 31 for 31. (Feel free to help out with blog ideas by sending them to email@example.com) So sit back and enjoy. We’ll start off with some Arkansas coaching news.
The Arkansas football team will have a different coaching lineup at the Cotton Bowl than it did during the regular season. Three of its coaches have left. One new hire has been made.
After going 10-2 and briefly working their way into the national championship conversation, the Razorbacks became a popular team to raid for head coaches. Surprisingly, they also became a team that would let one of its coordinators resign without a fight.
Let’s start on offense, where coordinator Garrick McGee has been hired at UAB. He oversaw the 15th ranked offense in college football this season, guiding Arkansas to 37.4 points and 445.8 yards per game.
McGee will not coach in the Cotton Bowl. Paul Petrino will take his place. The brother of head coach Bobby Petrino, he spent the past season coaching at Illinois but left when Ron Zook was terminated.
The switch should be beneficial for both sides.